• Wikimedia Australia Wikimedia Australia
  • Ryan Donahue Ryan Donahue
  • Sue Gardner Sue Gardner
  • Ruth Kneale Ruth Kneale Ruth Kneale sponsored by the State Library of Queensland
  • Stuart Candy Stuart Candy Keynote Speaker, Dr Stuart Candy - Professional futurist
  • Ingrid Parent Ingrid Parent Ingrid Parent
  • Jenica Rogers Jenica Rogers Jenica Rogers sponsored by the State Library of Queensland
  • Marcus Foth Marcus Foth
  • NLS6 NLS6
Dec 122012

Business. It’s not a dirty word.

No, it really isn’t.

I see people almost shudder at the word. This worries me. Maybe it’s a fear of the unknown, or maybe it is thought to be irrelevant to this profession. An awareness and understanding of how and why an organisation exists, what drives it and what makes it tick, is so important….to any profession. The information profession is no exemption.

There have been ideas floating about the last few years at least, relating to the ’21st century librarian’, the picture being painted with business skills in mind. Meredith Farkas identified ‘high level’ competencies such as project management skills, ability to ‘question and evaluate library services’ (analytical skills), ability to evaluate the needs of stakeholders (marketing), and the ability to ‘sell library services’ (targeted marketing communication) among technology related competencies.

Taking a step back, there are two documents that provide necessary insight to help align big ideas, projects and services to the organisation’s direction – the strategic plan and annual report. Indicators of objectives, resourcing plans and availability of funds can be found in these documents. So I suggest to get to know your organisation well and the ability to plan and evaluate projects in a way that shows value, I’d say will develop from there. Big ideas and an analytical mind extends beyond just library services, in my opinion, as almost certainly business processes can be made more effective or efficient, particularly when it comes to quality and risk management. Identifying ways that processes can be improved, or even how knowledge is distributed throughout the organisation can fill gaps in service delivery.

You’ll find a workshop on offer at NLS6 that will provide you with an understanding of key principles of these complementary skills, business skills and capabilties that can improve your chances of success in your role and beyond. Develop a set of skills that will set you apart and will assist your organisation deliver on its goals and objectives.

See the bigger picture. Get signed up for the business skills workshop with Cory Banks. Business and libraries, they’re not ‘chalk and cheese’.

LIScareer.com (author Susan Sloan) suggests strategies for cultivating leaderships skills and qualities. These include: –

  • knowing yourself
  • be a mentor
  • volunteer
  • embrace change
  • keep learning

Surely these help, but would these strategies really achieve what we understand as leadership? Do we know what it is? I’d say each person would have their own understanding as it relates to them, but that’s really complicating the issue, isn’t it? I’d also say leadership takes many forms, in many different settings or scenario. You don’t have to be at the top of an organisation to display leadership. Now enough from me, what does leadership mean to you?

Work towards a definition of leadership and identify tools and approaches to engage with these traits with the leadership workshop with Jenica Rogers.

Don’t forget early bird registrations close at the end of December! So get ahead, get down with business skills and leadership and book your spot now!

The role of business skills and leadership may not make sense now, but it will, it will fall into place and have you thinking about contributing to your organisation in a whole new way.

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May 142012

The NLS6 Organising Committee met last week to kick off our planning. Here’s what we’re working on at the moment.

Budget and administration

Venues, catering and contracts are being locked down. We’ve been balancing the books to bring you the best possible symposium experience at the lowest possible cost. NLS6 will not cost you the earth, but we will have an earth-shattering program!


Jess and Fiona are looking after the Proposals and Speaker Liaison crew, who are busily preparing a draft call for contributions and working to refine the program model. We have something seriously different in store for you. Start thinking about what you might like to contribute to the NLS6 program!


The Experience team, lead by Alisa and Michelle, are working out the nitty gritty of how they can help you to have a smooth experience as you prepare for your trip to Brisbane, and an awesome time once you get here. They’re going to be bringing you helpful travel information, tips and advice. And they’re also putting together a range of free workshops for NLS6 delegates that will take place the day before the symposium kicks off.


Our Marketing lead Karina is working hard on a marketing plan for the event. She’ll be the one making sure we have good visibility so we can attract a wide range of delegates from different parts of the information professions.


Zaana is working on our sponsorship prospectus and will soon be talking to organisations who’ve already expressed an interest in supporting NLS6.


Our self-proclaimed web monkey Matthias and his co-chair Lisa are working on the symposium website, our proposal submission site and a collaborative space for the committee. They have some pretty cool stuff in the makings so make sure you visit here often.

What’s next?

In keeping with our aim to deliver a very different NLS, in the next few days, you’ll have your first opportunity to input into the direction of the program. Stay tuned for details!